RDS Volume 9, No. 1

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    Disability Studies Dissertation Abstracts
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Erlen, Jonathon
    The information for this section of RDS is provided by Jonathon Erlen of the University of Pittsburgh. A full list of disability-related dissertation abstracts may be found at http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/guides/histmed/dissertations/
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    DVD Review:Down Under Mystery Tour Educational Pack
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Guinan, Martha
    Producer: Michael Noonan Reviewer: Martha Guinan, MPH Publisher: 2010 Boom-in-Shot Productions, Australia; Distributed by Mental Leap PTY LTD Cost: Educational pack (5 discs) $425 Single disc $29.95 available at http://www.downundermysterytour.com/
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    Book Review: Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism: A Parents’ Guide to Applied Verbal Behavior
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Fukunaga, Landry L.
    Authors: Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Valbona Demiri, Ph.D., BCBA-D Reviewer: Landry Fukunaga, M.A. Publisher: Bethesda, MD, Woodbine House, Inc., 2011 Cost: Softcover; $21.95; ISBN: ­­­­978-890627-70-6, 207 pages
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    Internet Justice: Reconceptualizing the Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Promote Equal Access in the Age of Rapid Technological Change
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Jaeger, Paul T.
    Although a range of laws and regulations have been created in the United States to promote online accessibility for persons with disabilities, tremendous disparities persist in access to Internet technologies and content. Such inaccessibility is an enormous barrier to equality and participation in society for persons with disabilities. The current legal approaches to online accessibility have not proven successful, focusing on specific technologies and technical solutions to accessibility. This paper argues for a reconceptualization of the approach to promoting legal guarantees of online access for persons with disabilities, focusing on information and communication goals, the processes of accessing information, and new approaches to monitoring, guidance, and enforcement. Without a broader conception of accessibility under the law, persons with disabilities risk being increasingly excluded from the technologies and content of the Internet that are coming to define social, educational, employment, and government interactions.
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    Disability, Able-Bodiedness, and the Biopolitical Imagination
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Jordan, Thomas
    Following the work of Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben, this article offers a theoretical analysis of the relationship between modern forms of biopolitics and discourses of disability and able-bodiedness in the context of globalization.
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    Background Social Structures and Disability Discrimination in the United States and Canada
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Weber, Mark C.
    Several social structures deeply affect the equality of people with disabilities, but are not ordinarily considered when addressing attitudinal and environmental barriers that disadvantage disabled people. These structures, which relate to employment and the law that regulates it, are: (1) the legal doctrine of employment at will as opposed to notice or severance payment in lieu of notice; (2) unionization or its absence; and (3) government-sponsored social insurance programs. These structures differ from country to country, even between nations with a similar legal heritage. Drawing comparisons between Canada and the United States with regard to each social structure, this paper describes these arrangements and their impact, then discusses how their reform could enhance equality for people with disabilities.
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    An Ethnographic Study on Religion, Spirituality, and Maternal Influence on Sibling Relationships in a Muslim Family with a Child with Autism
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Jegatheesan, Brinda ; Witz, Klaus
    This ethnographic study examined maternal influence on sibling relationships when one child has autism. The mother’s and typically developing son’s understanding of having a family member with autism was shaped by and imbued in their religion. The family’s religion and daily practices helped support the child with autism.
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    Editorial: Do I Have to Like It?
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013) Conway, Megan A.
    One of the actual problems of being an enthusiastic, “I am disabled now hear me roar” type of Crip is that sometimes being disabled is not very sexy. How to respond when someone close to you says, “But I don’t see you as being disabled. I just see you as yourself.” This is a lovely sentiment during, say, a romantic dinner on a cruise ship, but not so lovely when you fall on your face disembarking from the ship because your special someone forgets that you are blind. How can you respond with enthusiasm in the first instance, when you are glad to be seen as yourself in all of your loveliness, and yet still expect people to remember that there are times when you want to embrace your Disabled identity, or simply need their assistance...
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    Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal Volume 9 Issue 1
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies, 2013)
    This is Volume 9, Issue 1 from 2013.